David Poile, the man responsible for building the deepest defensive corps in the NHL, has apparently looked into adding the game’s most electrifying blue-liner. The Nashville Predators general manager reportedly “chatted” with the Ottawa Senators about acquiring defenseman Erik Karlsson, according to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic.

While the likelihood of a potential deal is unclear, the thought of adding Karlsson to a group that already includes P.K. Subban, Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm, and Ryan Ellis – although one of them could possibly go back the other way – is a terrifying proposition for the rest of the league.

Poile has a history of pulling off blockbuster deals involving defenseman, as he swapped Shea Weber for Subban and dealt Seth Jones for Ryan Johansen. Still, prying Karlsson from the Senators, particularly before Monday’s trade deadline, would be his biggest yet.

After missing the first chunk of the season while recovering from foot surgery, Karlsson, a four-time All-Star and two-time Norris Trophy winner, has recorded 41 points in 54 games.

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